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This Day In Diamondbacks History: June 24

Record: 4-6 - Home: 4-4 - Road: 0-2

  • 1996: More than 6,000 fans, a Rookie League attendance record, watched the D-backs’ Arizona League team make its debut at Scottsdale Stadium. Juan Garcia homered to lead off the first inning then added another long-ball later, but Oakland’s rookie league team ended up with the win in what turned out to be a slugfest, prevailing 15-7.
  • 1999: The D-backs won 8-7 over the Cardinals at Bank One Ballpark, coming from behind to do so, as Hanley Frias's bases loaded, two-run double capped a three-run ninth inning. Arizona led 5-2 after five innings, but Omar Daal couldn't hold the lead, allowing ten hits and a walk over six frame. Single tallies in the eighth and ninth gave St. Louis a 7-5 lead, before Arizona rallied. A single by Luis Gonzalez and walk to Travis Lee gave Bernard Gilkey a chance for his RBI single, and Andy Fox was hit to set the stage for Frias's full-count double to center.
  • 2008: The Diamondbacks activated Eric Byrnes from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned Alex Romero to Triple-A Tucson. Byrnes had been on the DL for about four weeks with a right hamstring strain, but with hindsight, it seems he came back too quickly. He'd only last another week or so (going 3-for-23 in that time) before managing to tear both hamstrings. Byrnes ended up having to be put back on the disabled list again at the start of July, and wasn't seen again that season.
  • 2011: In Detroit, Arizona came back from four runs down after three innings, putting up a three-spot in the fourth and another in the fifth. Wily Mo Pena hit a solo home-run in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie - this was his 454-foot shot which provoked "that" look from hitting coach Don Baylor! - and the D-backs then held on for a 7-6 victory over the Tigers. J.J. Putz allowed a walk in the ninth but got his 21st save, while Justin Upton, Xavier Nady and Pena enjoyed two-hit games. Nady drove in three runs for Arizona, and Pena two.